Weekend tech reading: New iPad's screen under the microscope

By on March 18, 2012, 12:00 PM

The new iPad's screen under the microscope It’s easy to conceptually understand the idea of quadrupling the pixel count, but once you actually see what this means, it’s frankly pretty astonishing. The iPad 2’s pixels look gargantuan next to the diminutive pixels from the third-gen iPad. By the way, Apple’s PR makes it sound like there’s almost no space between individual pixels. While there’s much less space than on the old iPad, rows of pixels are still placed quite a bit apart from each other. Ignore the Code

New iPad 32GB + 4G carries $364.35 bill of materials The new iPad, equipped with 32 Gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless capability, carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $364.35. When the $10.75 manufacturing costs are added in, the cost to produce the new iPad rises to $375.10. The BOM of the 16GB 4G LTE version amounts to $347.55, and the 64GB version is estimated at $397.95. iSuppli (also, iFixit has a teardown)

We gave people an iPad 2, told them it was the new iPad, and they loved it Apple's advertising onslaught is already battering down doors and TVs around the nation—you're gonna upgrade to a new iPad whether you like it or not. But based on our little test, most people can't tell the difference anyway. We figured that if we -- enormous nerds who fixate on pixel density -- were underwhelmed by the screen, then what about non-gadget geeks? Gizmodo

MS12-020 RDP code leak mystery deepens as Microsoft remains silent Microsoft has a big, ugly problem on its hands. The company is caught in the middle of what's rapidly become a major controversy centered on the leak of proof-of-concept exploit code for the MS12-020 RDP vulnerability. Many researchers, including the one who first discovered the bug and reported it to Microsoft through the Zero Day Initiative, believe that the software giant has a leak, either within its own walls in Redmond, or somewhere in its MAPP information-sharing program. Threat Post

HP lists new Ivy Bridge 2012 mosaic design laptops, available April 8th With no fanfare whatsoever, HP has listed its new Intel Ivy Bridge equipped Pavilion lineup of laptops with their new Mosaic design on HP.com.   Also included is the new AMD Trinity APU in the Pavilion g series.  You can’t order any of these laptops quite yet, but you can ogle the specs and pictures for these new laptops that HP has labeled as NEW.  Laptop Reviews

Exclusive: Bethesda to announce Elder Scrolls MMO in May While details are still few and far between, Tom’s has learned that ZeniMax Online Studios and Bethesda will officially announce Elder Scrolls Online in May 2012. An industry source that wishes to remain anonymous revealed the name of the new MMO to us, and confirmed that the game would take place a full millennium before The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Tom's Guide

HP ZR2740w - High resolution IPS that doesn't break the bank Almost 15 years ago I set up my first multiple monitor system, using a 17" and a 15" CRT. At that time it was a very uncommon setup, but now it seems that many people use multiple displays to manage their workspace. No matter how many displays you hook up, there are always some things that benefit from having a single, large, high resolution desktop... AnandTech

Getting out more than you put in: an overly efficient LED Semiconductor light emitting diodes (LEDs) have been around for decades and they're used in a wide variety of high-tech applications. When an electrical potential is applied across an LED, work is done to each electron in the system, in an amount equal to the product of the electron's charge and the potential difference. Ars Technica

Valve's comprehensive strategy shows how to go from fee to free... and increase revenue twelve-fold We've writen about Valve's approach to the market many times before. The company believes strongly that "piracy" is a service problem not a legal problem. It knows that it can easily compete with piracy by offering a better service, something that it regularly succeeds in doing. TechDirt

HTG explains: What can you find in an email header? Whenever you receive an email, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. While you typically only pay attention to the from address, subject line and body of the message, there is lots more information available “under the hood” of each email which can provide you a wealth of additional information. How-To Geek

Scientists build graphene from scratch, heralds new age of designer materials You’ve heard of "designer babies," the idea that you can customize a baby by altering its DNA, but now a team of researchers from Stanford University and the Department of Energy have meddled around with the very fabric of reality and created the very first "designer electrons." ExtremeTech

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